Pyongyang sends envoy for talks in Moscow

US Conduct Joint Short-range Air Defense Drill

Russian Federation has warned of "catastrophic consequences" if military conflict is allowed to break out on the Korean peninsula.

However, the White House said it was "absurd" to suggest the USA had declared war.

A key senator in Russia's Federation Council has declared that any United States attempt to wage war against North Korea would be assessed by Moscow as an "openly hostile" action towards Russia, due to the fact that Russia and North Korea share a border.

Russia is willing to work with North Korea on a peaceful solution to tensions sparked by Pyongyang's recent nuclear and missile tests, the Russian Foreign Ministry said after meetings between the two sides in Moscow on Friday.

Shin Beom-chul, a professor at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy in Seoul, said North Korea may be trying to "diversify its sanctions risk" by moving away from dependence on China to greater cooperation with Russian Federation.

After the USA dispatched bomber jets to South Korea over the weekend, Russia's foreign ministry said Washington's approach was a dead end.




The Pentagon responded with its own warning, saying that if North Korea did not stop its provocative actions, it would make sure the "President is provided with options to deal with Pyongyang".

"Russia did not veto the recent United Nations sanctions resolutions on Pyongyang, showing that Moscow does share at least one aspect of the USA and the wider global community's perspective, namely that a response is required to North Korea's undesirable nuclear testing", Sarah Lain, Research Fellow at the U.K. -based think tank Rusi, wrote this week.

Neither Russia or China want a capitalist, pro-Western state on their border so have propped up the North Korean regime for decades.

Russian Federation and China have long called for the resumption of dialogue to resolve North Korea's nuclear standoff.

The Pentagon called Saturday's flight by bombers and fighter jets a "show of force" created to demonstrate the range of military options available to President Trump.

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